In the last few paragraphs of today's enquirer article about LaRue's contract:

O'Brien doesn't expect any more signings before Jan. 1.

It would make sense to sign Dunn long-term, because he stands to make $8 million or $9 million in arbitration.

He'd probably be willing to play for less in '06 in exchange for long-term security. That's what LaRue and Freel did.

"We really haven't had any substantial conversations," O'Brien said. "That will be a priority after the first of the year."